Mental Health Meme Contest
Enter by Dec. 17th for your chance to win a $100, $50, or $25 gift card. Take a photo of your own, or find one on Flickr with a Creative Commons license, and create your very own mental health meme that shows how you manage your mental health. The positive memes from 18-30 year olds with the most likes (people of all ages can vote) will win 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Winners' memes will appear in the next issue of Focal Point! See our official contest rules for details.
State-of-the-Science Conference Proceedings Describes New Pathways Model for Working with Emerging Adults
The State-of-the-Science Conference, held on May 20 and 21, 2013 in Portland, Oregon, brought together expert stakeholders to address key topics and questions related to the Pathways model and its implications for practice and policy. This proceedings monograph summarizes the events of the conference, which began with a review of the Pathways to Positive Futures model.
Participate in Pilot Testing of Online Training for Service Providers
We are looking for service providers who work with young adults with mental health difficulties to participate in pilot testing the second Module of our online training series. The module, "Promoting Recovery," provides a detailed discussion of recovery and includes a variety of wellness strategies including exercise, nutrition, medication, therapy, peer support, and self-advocacy. The module describes tools on shared decision making, and how service providers can support young adults to identify their own wellness strategy. The module also includes helpful strategies on how to find reliable mental health information online.
We are also planning to wrap up the pilot tests and officially release Modules one and two at the beginning of 2014!
Information Brief: Local Youth Peer Support Case Study
Implementing the Peer Support Specialist Role: Providing Direct, Individualized Support in a Local Program examines how one locally-initiated program has implemented the Peer Support Specialist role for youth and young adults with serious mental health conditions. The brief covers aspects of training, coaching, supervision, role definition and financing; and describes challenges and solutions.
Information Brief: State Youth Peer Support Case Study
Implementing the Peer Support Specialist Role: Youth Peer Support in Wraparound examines how Pennsylvania has implemented and supported the Peer Support Specialist role for emerging adults with serious mental health conditions. The brief covers aspects of training, coaching, supervision, role definition and financing; and describes a series of challenges and solutions.
New Guide on Conducting Photovoice Projects with Youth
"I Bloomed Here": A Guide for Conducting Photovoice with Youth Receiving Culturally- and Community-based Services offers practical suggestions for using the Photovoice process to get young people engaged in their communities.
New Tip Sheets from the Achieve My Plan (AMP!) Project
A tip sheet for meeting facilitators, "During Meetings I Can't Stand it When..." A Guide for Facilitators and Team Members helps meeting facilitators and team members address common issues that occur during team meetings and promote meaningful youth participation. A companion tip sheet for youth, Tips for Your Team Meetings: A Guide for Youth offers suggestions and strategies to help young people become more involved in their team meetings.
New Publication: Youth Advocate to Advocate for Youth: The Next Transition
This guide is intended for young people who have chosen to utilize their lived experience as a mechanism to advocate for positive change. Its seven stages lead them through their own growth in advocacy efforts from owning their own stories to becoming a supportive young adult for other peers.
Pathways Author Accepts JECDSW Award for Best 2012 Journal Article
The article Development, Testing, and Use of a Valid and Reliable Assessment Tool for Urban American Indian/Alaska Native Youth Programming Using Culturally Appropriate Methodologies by authors from Pathways RTC's "Finding Our Way" project has been selected as the 2012 Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work Best Paper. Pathways' Kris Gowen accepted the award at a reception held November 1st, 2013 during the 59th Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education in Dallas, TX.
New FAQ: Defining, Supporting, and Sustaining the Peer Support Specialist Role
Pathways RTC, together with staff from the Technical Assistance Partnership and the Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, interviewed agencies that were developing peer support specialist (PSS) roles. The goal was to find out what these agencies were learning about defining, supporting, and sustaining the PSS role. This FAQ summarizes what was learned.